3: 1875: Alexander Graham Bell and his assistant, Thomas A

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3: 1875: Alexander Graham Bell and his assistant, Thomas A. Watson, transmit first speech sounds electronically.

11: 1915: Birth date of Nicholas Metropolis, a computer pioneer who developed the early Maniac I computer at Los Alamos National Laboratory, in New Mexico.

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14: 1951: UNIVAC I, the world’s first commercial computer, begins operation.

18: 1964: AT&T starts up TPC-1, the first transpacific submarine telephone cable, running from Hawaii to Japan.

19: 1623: Birth date of Blaise Pascal, French mathematician and philosopher.

21: 1948: The Manchester Mark I prototype becomes the first stored-program computer to execute a program successfully.

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22–28: IEEE Board Series, Montreal.

26: IEEE Honors Ceremony, Montreal.


5: 1888: Birth date of Herbert Spencer Gasser, corecipient of the 1944 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, awarded for discovering how nerve cells function.

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8: 1937: England begins its 999 emergency telephone system for police, fire, and medical services.

10: 1856: Birth date of electricity pioneer Nikola Tesla.

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19: 1975: The Apollo 18 and Soyuz 19 space capsules separate after docking in orbit for two days during the first joint manned spaceflight of the United States and the Soviet Union.

25: 1857: Birth date of Frank Julian Sprague, developer of the first commercially successful electric streetcar system, an IEEE Milestone.

26: 1989: Robert Tappan Morris Jr. is the first person to be indicted by the U.S. government on charges of purposely releasing a computer virus.

28: 1983: NASA launches Telstar 3A, the first in AT&T’s Telstar 3 series of domestic communications satellites.


4–8: IEEE Region 8 Student Branch and GOLD Congress, Leuven, Belgium.

5: IEEE president-elect candidates debate at Region 8 Student Branch and GOLD Congress, in Leuven, Belgium.

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6: 1926: Don Juan, the first commercial movie with a soundtrack, though no spoken dialogue, debuts in New York City.

12: 1960: NASA launches the first telecommunications satellite of its own, Echo 1.

13–15: IEEE Region 1 meeting, Binghamton, N.Y.

14: 2003: A large power outage affects major North American cities, including Cleveland, Detroit, New York, and Toronto.

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